Have your say over future of Fire Service

The London Fire Brigade has launched a consultation over proposals to meet £6.4m of budget cuts demanded by the Mayor. Londoners are able to choose from two options, one which will see the permanent removal of 13 fire engines, and the other which will focus on back office efficiencies, allowing the 13 engines to be returned. Public meetings will take place around the capital throughout January.

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Proposals set out in London Fire Brigade’s consultation include plans to permanently axe 13 fire engines, which could exacerbate a recent rise in response times across the capital.

Alternative proposals set out by my colleague Andrew Dismore AM, Chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s Resource Committee, would meet the savings target through back office efficiencies and changing working patterns, enabling the 13 engines to be returned.

The Mayor’s cuts mean that there are very tough decisions ahead. If you take fire engines out of service then of course response times could rise and lives could be put at risk. Nobody wants to see that happen. With frontline services at stake, it hugely important that local people are given the opportunity to make their views known.

Attend your regional meeting:

MONDAY 11th JANUARY 2016 – NORTH WEST AREA MEETING The North West Area covers the following boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow.

 

  • Borough: LB Brent
  • Start time: 7pm, to end no later than 9pm
  • Venue:

Conference Hall

Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way
Wembley

London HA9 0FJ

 

TUESDAY 12th JANUARY 2016 – SOUTH WEST AREA MEETING The South West Area covers the following boroughs: Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth and Westminster

 

  • Borough: LB Wandsworth
  • Start time: 7pm, to end no later than 9pm
  • Venue:

Open Door Community Centre
Keevil Drive, Beaumont Road

Wandsworth
London SW19 6TF

 

MONDAY 18TH JANUARY 2016 – SOUTH EAST AREA MEETING The South East Area covers the following boroughs: Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark and Sutton

 

  • Borough: LB Southwark
  • Start time: 7pm, to end no later than 9pm
  • Venue:

Smile Suite

Etc. venues Prospero House

241 Borough High Street

Southwark

London SE1 1GA

 

WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY 2016 – NORTH EAST AREA MEETING The North East Area covers the following boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, City, Hackney, Havering, Islington, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest

 

  • Borough: LB Newham
  • Start time: 7pm, to end no later than 9pm
  • Venue:

Main Hall

The Old Town Hall, Stratford

29 Broadway

Stratford

London E15 4BQ

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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One Response to Have your say over future of Fire Service

  1. Leonard Will says:

    It is impossible to form a view on these alternatives on the information you have provided. Presumably significant savings in each case can only be achieved by cutting staff, and the question is whether that is front line staff (13 fire engines) or management staff (back office efficiencies). Has an assessment been done on the effect that each would have on the quality of service, with an estimate of the uncertainties in each case? What is the balance between capital and recurrent costs in each case – would “back office efficiencies” mean fewer management buldings, for example, or big investments in integrated IT systems?

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